Saturday, January 23, 2016

Daily Thoughts 01/23/2016

Central Stair Hall, Library of Congress, Washington DC, 1901-1902, Detroit Publishing Company

Daily Thoughts 01/23/2016

I checked the Twitter and Facebook for the library this morning.

The library is closed today due to inclement weather.  I have not been outside all today.  The buses and subways are not running and people are not supposed to be driving on the roads.  My front steps are covered with snow.

Last night, I read some more of Nonviolent Communication.  I am reading about empathy and how to make positive requests.

I also started reading Humans are Underrated What High Achievers Know that Brilliant Machines Never Will by Geoff Colvin.  He describes a future where capital is replacing labor with smart machines.  He also shows how both the high end jobs and low ends are increasingly replacing people.  The example of Autonomy a company that replaces hundreds of lawyers with a single lawyer to do legal discovery shows that all kinds of jobs can be replaced.

Ultimately, there is a statement that there is no way of knowing what job cannot be replaced with artificial intelligence.  In ten years, it could be most jobs.  Geoff Colvin, the author, argues that is human activities that matter like collaboration, leadership, brainstorming, sharing, and creativity that matter and will stay in demand.

 This reminds me of the science fiction concept of whuffie, the ephemeral reputation based currency written about in the science fiction novel, Down and Out In the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow.  It is a message that I am not sure is true.  It also seems to touch on the idea of personal branding which was popular for a little while then faded out.

I have been reading more of The Handheld Library Mobile Technology and the Librarian.  Each chapter is by a different author.  I am finding this book to be the best book for public libraries that I have found on the subject so far. Chapter 5 Going Mobile Reaching the Younger Generation by Bonnie Roalsen, Chapter 10 Mobile Catalogs by Chad Haefele, and Chapter 11 Reading Transformed by the Mobility of E-books by Andrew Reveille and Sue Polanka were quite useful to read.
I also learned about the Gone Mobile? Library Survey from Library Journal in 2010.
This goes well with the Pew Internet Mobile information.

Web Bits

Imagining an Ultra-Futuristic Library for Houston

Fairytales Much Older Than Previously Thought, Say Researchers

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